Joseph Mendoza Martinez was born in Honduras but was raised in Camden, New Jersey. Joseph attended Camden County College and graduated from Rutgers-Camden with his Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences and a minor in Psychology. During his time at Rutgers-Camden, Joseph was active in the Honors College, Immigrant Justice Association, a researcher at the Senator Walter Rand Institute, and in the community. Joseph
received the Health Sciences Award for Excellence, the Health Sciences Award for Applied Work and Volunteering, and the Chancellor’s Cooper Hospital Civic Leadership Award. Joseph was also chosen to be the class speaker (valedictorian) at his graduation this past spring. Joseph was accepted into Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Xavier, and UNC but decided to pursue a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor—receiving the John Griffith Merit Scholarship. As a Michigan Wolverine, Joseph leads an initiative with minority-serving institutions (MSIs), is president of the Latinx Public Health Student Organization, is a resident assistant, and works in graduate school outreach for students from marginalized backgrounds. This summer, Joseph will be interning at the University of Chicago Medicine Hospital with the Executive Director for ambulatory services.